WESTMORELAND, Tenn. (AP) — An officer in rural Tennessee shot the suspect in the investigation into the discovery of five bodies in two homes, capping an hours-long manhunt Saturday that ended with his capture.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody that night about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from one of the Sumner County crime scenes.
Cummins was shot after he emerged from the woods, is believed to have produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated, DeVine said. Cummins is being treated at a local hospital for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, DeVine said.
None of the responding officers were injured.
TBI’s airplane was able to help authorities spot Cummins on the ground in a creek bed, DeVine said.
A number of law enforcement agencies had been searching for Cummins, saying he could be armed and dangerous.
“The community should hopefully be able to rest a little bit easier tonight, knowing that (Cummins) is in custody tonight,” DeVine said.
Police said officers responding to a 911 call from a family member led to the original discovery of four bodies and an injured person at the first home. The injured victim was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The fifth body was found in another home.
The TBI believes the two scenes are related.
Authorities have not released any details about the victims. They also have not said what kind of weapon was used.
TBI is investigating the deaths and the officer-involved shooting, DeVine said.
Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky. The slayings were near the town of Westmoreland.